Perdido Street Station is a masterpiece of steampunk fiction. It’s the style of a monster horror thriller but in a wonderful steampunk world.

Perdido Street Station was the first in China Mieville’s Bas Lag series and the start of what has been coined the “new weird”. Its gritty, dark and imaginative but what is most interesting is its complex story. To fully appreciate the depth of the story and world this steampunk book must be read more than once.

At its core Perdido Street Station is a monster quest. Mieville has the unmatched ability to make every scene interesting. The reader gets to explore the strange world of Bas Lag and the city of New Crobuzon. A city where the ribs of an ancient beast lie over head and criminals are remade into grotesque monsters.A place where creatures of all types human, Kehpri(women with entire bugs for heads), Vodynoi (Frog people) and many more live.

The father of all steampunk fantasy and a must read.